By Victoria E. Bynum
Among past due 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of accomplice deserters battled accomplice cavalry within the Piney Woods sector of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight corporation after their captain, Newton Knight, they organize headquarters within the swamps of the Leaf River, the place, legend has it, they declared the loose nation of Jones. the tale of the Jones County uprising is widely known between Mississippians, and debate over no matter if the county truly seceded from the kingdom throughout the struggle has smoldered for greater than a century. including additional controversy to the legend is the tale of Newt Knight's interracial romance along with his wartime associate, Rachel, a slave. From their courting there built a mixed-race neighborhood that continued lengthy after the Civil warfare had ended, and the ambiguous racial id in their descendants confounded the foundations of segregated Mississippi good into the 20th century.Victoria Bynum strains the origins and legacy of the Jones County rebellion from the yank Revolution to the trendy civil rights flow. In bridging the distance among the mythical and the genuine unfastened nation of Jones, she indicates how the legend--what used to be advised, what was once adorned, and what used to be left out--reveals very much in regards to the South's transition from slavery to segregation; the racial, gender, and sophistication politics of the interval; and the contingent nature of historical past and reminiscence.